I've driven with fish 5 hours on several occasions to events in the Midwest. 2-3 hours happens all the time. As long as they're prepped, bagged and packed properly the losses are minimal. None of the fish I've sold have ever had an issue, with a 500-600 item auction you can count the losses on one hand, usually it's just a couple. This is most often down to bagging them poorly, a 6" fish in an 8" bag just isn't going to work. Fish get shipped to shops bagged 24-48 hours, I'm sure some of the fish I've bought & sold have hit the 24 hour mark. Livebearers are pretty sturdy, there's been plenty of instances of a hit female dropping in the bag, during the auction.
My idea behind selling at events is to break even with gas, food, and anything I may decide to buy. Sometimes it works out better than planned, sometimes it doesn't, but if I can have a fun day for free or nearly so I'm a happy camper!
A box, a Gatorade bottle, and some fiberglass house insulation. Nearly free shipping supplies. Put them on Aquabid with no reserve if the locals don't work out. I've seen fish shipped like that, the bottle thing is a catfish trick, they like to puncture bags.
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